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One-Year M.A. Program in Medical Anthropology & Global Health plus a Certificate in Global Health [Rolling applications accepted]

The Anthropology Department at Case Western Reserve University, one of the pioneers in the field of Medical Anthropology, offers an intensive 2 semester (1-year) M.A. program in Medical Anthropology and Global Health that provides conceptual, topical and research understanding of the biocultural basis of health and illness and the interface between disease/illness-culture-biology-society designed to serve the needs of students seeking to work professionally in the medical arena or allied health sciences or planning to go to professional schools.


This unique program provides participants advanced training on a wide range of issues such as:

  • understanding the complex relationships between culture, society and health/illness
  • integrating cultural sensitivity and cultural competence in patient care
  • analyzing, critiquing and interpreting global health & population aging issues, methods and programs
  • caregiver and health systems analysis
  • studying foundational topics such as ethnomedicine, ethnopsychiatry, disparities in health, and evolutionary medicine
  • working with research designs and qualitative/quantitative methods in basic and applied health research


In two semesters of classwork, students receive an MA from an internationally recognized faculty in the field of Medical Anthropology and Global Health that includes two members of the National Academy of Sciences, the editor of the renowned journal “Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry,” and world known research experts in AIDS, reproductive health, child and adolescent health, drug use, nutrition, population, global aging and evolutionary medicine [Read more about faculty research here]. Students seeking a one-year M.A. work alongside Ph.D. students in a dynamic and stimulating environment that provides training in bio-cultural anthropology, global health, evolutionary medicine, reproductive health, psychological anthropology, demography/population aging, globalization and drug use together with introductions to statistics and research methods.

Requirements for the M.A. degree include credit hour requirements, core course requirements, and a six-hour written Qualifying Exam.

Course Requirements for One-Year M.A. Program

A candidate for the M.A. degree is required to complete 27 hours of graduate credit, including four core courses (ANTH 439, ANTH 462, ANTH 480, ANTH 481) and an approved statistics course (3 hours).

The statistics requirement will be waived for those with prior statistical training if the student is able to demonstrate a level of statistical training comparable to that of the required statistics course. If the waiver is approved, the statistics requirement will be replaced with an appropriate elective.  Students interested in this option should petition to the Department.

All M.A. candidates are required to maintain a minimum cumulative average of 3.0 (“B”) in the four core courses and earn a grade of C or better in an approved statistics course (unless this requirement is waived) in order to qualify for the M.A. degree.

The course schedule for students in the one-year M.A. program is given below:

 ANTH 319  Introduction to Statistical Analysis in the Social Sciences (or equivalent) if needed
 ANTH 439  Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Methods
 ANTH 480  Medical Anthropology and Global Health I


 ANTH 462  Contemporary Theory in Anthropology
 ANTH 481  Medical Anthropology and Global Health II


Comprehensive Exam for One-Year M.A. Program

Students in the one-year M.A. program are required to take a six hour written Qualifying Examination based on the material in ANTH 480 and ANTH 481 in the Spring Semester.  Written M.A. examinations can receive one of three grades: “High Pass,” “Pass,” or “Fail.”  Students in the one-year M.A. program who receive a grade of “Pass” or “High Pass” on the Comprehensive Examination and also meet the course requirements described above will be awarded a M.A. degree.

Application process for One-Year M.A. Program

Applications are submitted on-line.

This program is designed for students wishing only an M.A.  If you are not sure and are considering going on for a Ph.D. at CWRU, you should apply for the Ph.D. program.

Applications must be submitted no later than August 1st of the year you wish to attend.  Students interested in this program must begin in the Fall semester.

If you wish to be considered for admission to the one-year M.A. program, choose the following options in the on-line application:

  • “Anthropology” for Academic Program
  • “MA” option for Degree
  • “Anthropology (MA-B)” option for Academic Plan 1
  • “Medical Anthropology and Global Health” for Sub-plan/Concentration


For more information

Contact Dr. Lawrence Greksa, Chair, Department of Anthropology

Interested in Visiting CWRU?

If you plan on visiting CWRU, please contact Barbara Reebel (216-368-3703; in as far advance as possible. Let her know when you will be visiting and when you will be available to meet with Anthropology faculty and students. We’ll arrange for you to meet with several faculty (let Ms. Reebel know if you would like to meet with one or more specific faculty) and current graduate students. Please do not contact individual faculty and try to arrange your own meetings. You will have a more satisfying visit if your interviews are coordinated by our main office.

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